Tetini Hakaoro and her supporters walked around Rarotonga on Saturday March 21 to raise awareness for her ‘Walk 2 Live 4 Dialysis” campaign.
Tetini Hakaoro’s daughter Terina – known by her stage name as Zerynah Hugs – is spearheading the project, as she is known by Cook Islands people as a professional singer, said Tetini Hakaoro.
“She has been my right hand from the beginning of our project,” Hakaoro said.
Tetini Hakaoro used to weigh in at 115kg, but is now down to 96kg after changing her diet and exercising regularly.
According to the US National Kidney Foundation in America, dialysis takes over some of the functions performed by healthy kidneys. It is needed when a person’s own kidneys can no longer take care of the body’s needs.
Dialysis is needed when patients develop end stage kidney failure – usually by the time they lose about 85 to 90 per cent of kidney function.